Ecology, physiology and molecular microbiology of coral disease on the Great Barrier Reef (2004–2007)

Ecological, physiological, molecular and micro-biological techniques will be used to examine the disease of corals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Molecular techniques include the development of diagnostic techniques for disease identification, using Fluorescent In Situ hybridisation (FISH) and DNA microarrays (CHIPS); physiological experiments include examining the effects of temperature and sediment on virulence and host susceptibility to disease infection; ecological surveys will examine the extent and seasonality of disease in northern and southern parts of the GBR and on isolated reefs in the central GBR. Management implications of the current coral-disease status of the GBR will be targeted.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council